6 December 2014
Reinout Wiers, professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam and member of the thesis committee of Sarai Boelema, who studied the effects of alcohol on the brains of adolescents, put that research today into perspective in an open letter to De Volkskrant.
He admits that the brain function tests that were used by Boelema are not very sensitive. Besides that: Boelema did not study the effects of alcohol abuse/use on motivational processes in the brain. Wiers concludes that there is enough reason to hold on to Dutch policy of discouragement of drinking among young people.